foul smelling light stool

Discussion in 'Feeding & Watering Your Flock' started by castrbl, Dec 4, 2018.

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  1. castrbl

    castrbl Chirping

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    my hen is healthy, happy, and full of energy. but the past 24 hours her poo has been nasty. its on the normal poo chart and she has had poo like this before but it typically is caused by something she ate and it goes away after a while but it hasnt. its light colored and is half solid half not. sticky i guess?? her diet is fine, shes on a whole grain organic feed, eats grass and insects, and has little snacks sometimes. im thinking it could be linked to an apple she ate ? she typically has nasty poo after eating an fruit but i would have thought itd pass by now. she doesnt have grit because she never needed it since her diet was so good but due to this im thinking its time to get some. kind words only please! any rude comments will be ignored. (i can provide pictures if needed)
     
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  2. LRH97

    LRH97 Songster

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    Sounds like you're describing a cecal poo (so-named because it comes from the bird's caecum). I've seen color variations ranging from a sulfur-looking yellow to a dark brown. They all have one thing in common--they STINK! Second only to a broody poo, which is more like a giant stink bomb. But, they're normal. In fact, they're usually indicators that the digestive system is running up to par. So I'd say nothing to worry about, especially if she's acting fine.
     
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  3. castrbl

    castrbl Chirping

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    thank you! <3
     
  4. castrbl

    castrbl Chirping

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    do you know how long its supposed to last? because its been 2 days
     
  5. Cyprus

    Cyprus Master of the 'never give up' attitude

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    Whole grain = fat chicken
    They pick out the junk food and leave the rest.
    Whole grain requires grit to be processed.

    Don't feed apples to your bird; they are not supposed to eat them.

    Grit isn't about whether the diet is 'good', it is about being able to break down all foods for digestion. Birds use grit to break down their feed so they can digest it. How much does she weigh?
     
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    Cyprus Master of the 'never give up' attitude

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    As far as insects go, I would feed BSF larvae, as they are much healthier than mealworms.
     
  7. castrbl

    castrbl Chirping

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    by holding her my guess is around 2-3 lbs
    i dont have a scale
     
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  8. rosemarythyme

    rosemarythyme Crowing

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    Cecal poop is an occasional thing (like once every 10 poops), not a "lasting 2 days" thing, so this isn't cecal.

    Whole grain feed without grit or access to grit isn't ideal, it's like asking someone to chew food without teeth.
     
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  9. castrbl

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    would grit fix the issue?
     
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  10. rosemarythyme

    rosemarythyme Crowing

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    Fix it? Probably not, though it would help going forward in maintaining a healthy digestive system. Sounds like she has some sort of diarrhea so something she ate isn't agreeing with her. Since you mentioned fruit can sometimes give her weird poops I'd lay off fruit for now.
     
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